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GLADIATORS, READY! Nearly 30 years on from the first episode, everyone's favourite Gladiator Jet (aka Diane Youdale) and journalist David Blackmore are turning back the clock to celebrate the glory days of the best Saturday night family show on British TV in the 1990s. Joined by special guests, they will be learning about the stories and characters who made Gladiators what it was, and their lives before, during and after the show.
 
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At school in the North East of the UK, Helen hated sports - especially hockey - and wrote her own ‘notes’ to be excused. It wasn’t until her late 20s that she started hitting the gym and had phenomenal success as a body-builder. Winning championships at both national and international level, she knew nothing about Gladiators when she got the GladCa…
 
resh from a stint on Capital Radio and working on BBC Radio 2, John was busy with two new ventures and then came a boozy lunch with Nigel Lythgoe which led to his long stay with Gladiators. John and co-writer Colin Edmonds quickly realised a live commentary wouldn’t work - with 15 cameras it was impossible to follow so in the end they used recorded…
 
Metin Hussein tells Di and Dave about sailing through the Glad tryouts, explains why he had monthly hair check-ins and describes his excitement after more than a year he got the call to tell him he was in, he would be called Shark and everything was shaping-up nicely. But it was on a pre-series trip to Mauritius with the Gladiators squad that thing…
 
Weininger tells Dave and Di about how using a treadmill for the first time during the trials nearly ruined his TV chances. But he reflects on making the most of his break, and says the feeling of becoming a champion never left him from that winning moment onwards. But it wasn't just the treadmill incident that left Weininger red-faced, he shares wi…
 
From a desire to ‘tone-up’ after having her son, Phoenix started seriously training and took the Miss UK title before she was spotted and asked to audition for Gladiators. Sandy Young speaks candidly to Di and Dave about how her name was based on a true story from her childhood and talks about her weight loss on the show. She also describes the emo…
 
Known for his high-kicks and splits when entering the Gladiators’ arena, Cobra was also the joker in the pack. Despite his physique, he was one of the smallest Gladiators but was never beaten by a contender in Duel and was master of Hang Tough. He tells us how he had always wanted to be on TV but his nerves almost stopped him before he got started.…
 
There are fans and then there are superfans and there is a whole world of difference as Paul tells us in his love story with Gladiators. He shares how he became friends with the stars of the show and even looked after Jet’s fan club. A surprise birthday gift from his parents saw a very young Paul travel from Darlington to London to see his first sh…
 
On this week's GladPod, we hear from Vogue, aka Suzie Cox, who admits she wasn't originally too keen on the American Gladiators and wasn't sure the UK would embrace it. Little did she know how big it would get and that not only would she be part of it all, it led her to meeting her husband Mark, a quarter-finalist contender! She reveals to Di and D…
 
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